Today is the 25th anniversary of the first airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown gambling addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)
I've been a little lax on the World War I centennials lately, and to be honest I'm not about to fix that at 10:30 on a Saturday night, but as I often do on these occasions I can cheat and send you to read the Middle East Institute's Michael Collins Dunn. For background you'll want … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Fall of Baghdad (1917)
The end of the Abbasid caliphate managed to be both somewhat anti-climactic and historically pivotal at the same time. In any practical sense, the caliphs had stopped being politically relevant in … Source: Today in Middle Eastern history: the Mongols sack Baghdad (1258)
On this date in 1958, a coup in Iraq overthrew the Hashemite monarchy and replaced it with a republic under a group of Iraqi army officers.
Today is the anniversary of one of the worst military fiascos in British history, the surrender of the 6th division of the Indian Army to the Ottomans at the Iraqi town of Kut. Kut followed right on the heels of the Battle of Ctesiphon in November 1915, and this epilogue turned that indecisive battle into a major strategic … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Surrender of Kut (1916)
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You may not have heard of the Republic of Mahabad. You may not even know anybody else who's heard of the Republic of Mahabad. Maybe you're looking askance at this blog right now, wondering if I'm telling the truth. Wondering if I've ever told the truth. Well let me assure you that the Republic of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)